Date of Award

5-2014

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Thomas Bass

Abstract

For a journalist, there are only a few things that can land you a job. One of those things is having a professional portfolio. That’s why the Journalism Department has its students complete a professional portfolio as part of their Honors program. The Honors Program takes work students have already completed, then asks them to revise it, or even do it again. That way, when we leave the program, we’re ready to start sending out portfolios and resumés to potential employers. My portfolio is dominated by work that I wrote for a print medium because that’s what our program focuses on. However, I have also included broadcast scripts and a multimedia portion. That contains some of the multimedia work that I’ve produced while in the Journalism and Documentary Studies programs. As I complete my thesis, I am still attending the University at Albany, but I have also started working full time at a local news station. In my interview, I presented my portfolio, which ended up being a big part of why I was hired. It’s a professional tool essential to journalists especially who are hoping to advance in the field.

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